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Northfield’s clay target team loving its first season

Crack! To the untrained ear they’re not the easiest things to identify. Crack! As you step out of your vehicle though, there’s enough context to go on for a pretty definite guess of what you’re hearing. Crack! That’s because you’re at the Morristown Gun Club, and as you walk up to the trap shooting range […]

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FINAL WEEK of competition is underway

Good luck to all teams this final week of the spring competition for the 2013 Minnesota State high School Clay Target League. Thanks again to all parents, coaches, schools and gun clubs who all help provide shooting sports to thousands of  Minnesota student athletes. Check out the current standings!

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Top guns: Trapshooting clubs gaining popularity in area high schools

Currently, 114 schools in Minnesota have trapshooting clubs — including East Ridge and Woodbury high schools — and roughly 3,400 kids are participating in the sport. With the amount of gun violence in the country today, putting firearms in the hands of high school students may seem counterproductive to some. However, that’s just what’s happening […]

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VIDEO: High school trapshooting team increase

The sport involves taking aim at clay targets. Last year the state had just under 60 teams, this year more than 100 are established. Nicollet’s team practices every Sunday over at the Nicollet Conservation Club. Kids as young as sixth grade can participate as long as they have been firearm safety certified. Coach Jason Hoffman […]

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Inaugural season for Lakeville trapshooting is wildly popular

Almost 150 students come out for North, South teams Who knew the market for a trapshooting team in Lakeville would be this strong? Prior to this season, organizers knew there would be some interest. Other area high schools had 20-30 kids participating. “I never anticipated a team this size,” said Lakeville South coach Jason Kelvie, […]

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Trapshooting proves to be a sport meant for all kinds

Tuesday night at Lakes Area Shooting Center, there were Fergus Falls letterman jackets next to camouflage ones. There were short students next to tall, big students next to small, freshmen next to upperclassmen and every high school stereotype wrapped into one trapshooting team. Fergus Falls, Minn. – Tuesday night at Lakes Area Shooting Center, there […]

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Reid Miller of the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines clay target shooting team fires a round during practice April 20 at the Knob Hill Sportsmen’s Club.

WDC clay target shooters open season

Norm Gallant’s Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines have launched their first season of clay target shooting competition. Members of the WDC team include Brady Adams, Seth Ament, Emily Astle, William Astle, Blaine Cooper, Bryce Cooper, Tristin Godel, Jack Goeden, Jacob Goeden, Matt Goeden, Chris Hahn, Ella Harrison, Drew Killian, Jessica Langer, Reid Miller, Blake Nelson, Elijah Schmitz, […]

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Trap shooting starting at Triton

Triton High School and middle school students will have another opportunity to get involved in extracurricular activities starting the end of this year. Principal Craig Schlichting has been organizing a trap shooting team. The team would welcome any student interested in learning more about the sport of trap shooting. Trap shooting involves rounds of target […]

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WHS clay target team trapshooters take home top honors

Woodbury High’s clay target trapshooting team excels in competition. Whenever we read about guns or shooting it is all too often the context of tragedy or vitriolic political discourse. It’s easy to forget that shooting is a long-standing sport, especially in Minnesota, where hunting is an essential part of homegrown culture. And anyone who knows […]

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Al Steinhauer (left), Thief River Falls, watches as Ann Skalsky prepares to shoot Tuesday night during a youth clay target league at the Thief River Falls Gun Club. Steinhauer is among the volunteers from the club working with young shooters through the Minnesota State High School Sporting Clays League. (Brad Dokken photo)

Northwest Minnesota schools make marks in state clay target league

About 35 Thief River Falls students participate in a co-ed trapshooting program offered through the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. This is the first year the young Thief River Falls shooters have participated in the league, and organizers say interest has far exceeded their expectations. Paul Kasprick took his daughter, Alyssa, hunting for […]

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Minnesota clay target league founder sees welcome turnaround

Shooting clubs welcome increase in younger members. Jim Sable noticed when he retired in 2000 and began spending more time at his gun club in Plymouth, Minn., that members were becoming a bit long in the tooth. “I was one of the younger ones there, and I was retired,” Sable, 74, said. “It occurred to […]

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Burnsville High School junior Hailey Peterson shoots at a clay target during the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Trap Shooting Club’s first competition of the season on Wednesday, April 24 at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake.

Trap shooting club sets sights high

Membership increases; students can now earn letters in sport Trap shooting is the fastest growing high school sport in all of Minnesota – going from 60 participants in 2009 to 3,400 in 2013 – something staff and parents in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District have witnessed first hand. “I think a lot of it was just […]

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Brandon-Evansville clay target team returns seven

Returning after a season in which the team finished second in the 1A conference, the Brandon-Evansville clay target team will be moving to the 2A conference, but should still have a solid team as they return all but one shooter. “We are looking forward to another great year with seven returning members from 2012, said team […]

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High school trap shooting teams aim for new state meet

High school trapshooting teams have become so popular in Minnesota that some have had to turn away students because the gun clubs where they compete can’t handle any more traffic. This season 21 new teams from the metro area joined the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League, which now has 114 teams and more […]

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Bemidji – Trap shooting team program proposed

BEMIDJI – The school board here is mulling a proposal to establish a student trap shooting team. Brad Smith, president of the Bemidji Trap and Skeet Club, appeared before the Bemidji school board last week asking for its support in creating a team that would compete in weekly trap-shooting competitions, beginning spring 2014. Jim Hess, […]

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This spring, LW looks to build on inaugural clay target season

It probably wouldn’t have taken much of an imagination to imagine it. At least not for the hunters in the group, which includes about every member of the Lake of the Woods School clay target team. A handful of the school’s shooters took their turns at the blaze-orange, fast-flying clays during the team’s first practice […]

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On target for another great year

Alexandria’s clay target team will try to defend a conference championship as its second season begins With just one year of high school competition under their belts, you would think that Alexandria clay target shooters would still be learning the ropes. You’d be wrong. In just the first year as an organized high school sport, […]

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Eden Prairie Clay Target League sees growth

Trapshooting is Minnesota’s fastest growing high school sport and the Eden Prairie team is no exception. Participation in the unique sport is up 341 percent in the state and participation has more than doubled for the Eden Prairie team as they enter their third season. “Our team has seen a lot of growth and I […]

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The Delano Tiger Trap team isn’t just for the boys. Sophomore Kalley Johnson (left) and Kailyn Warne are two of the three girls on the team. Johnson is an established archery hunter who wants to learn how to gun hunt, while Warne is a veteran of gun hunting who wants to better her shooting skills.

Pulling together – trapshooting team joins Delano High School family

In the spring of 2014, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is adding trapshooting to its list of sanctioned activities, and Delano will be involved. Delano will be one of more than 100 teams in the league, which will earn its competitors varsity letters and end each June at a state tournament. In preparation […]

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A group of trap shooters stand on the line waiting their turn to shoot during Tuesday night's trap shooting at the Becker County Sportsman's Club. Brian Basham/Tribune

Taking aim at a new sport

Detroit Lakes High School students are taking a shot at a new sport. “Pull!” they yell loudly just seconds before taking aim at the painted clay pigeon that’s hurled into the air. “I’ve hunted all my life,” said 15-year old Colton Davis, “and so I thought it’d be fun to try this.” Davis is among […]

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Trap team prepares for competition

The first-ever GSL trap shooting team will participate in the 2013 Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) this year. The team is lead by head coach Doug Fegley of Stewart. Fegley has been teaching firearm safety courses through community education at Shady Lanes Sportsmen Club, south of Glencoe, for approximately 10 years. At […]

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Perfection has its privileges.

Only those who have earned perfection join the 25- and 50-Straight Club from the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League. Not only will an athlete get recognized as a member of the Club, he or she will receive a patch to showcase their achievement. See the members of the Club here.

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R-P sets up clay target team

Want to know the fastest growing sport in Minnesota? With March Madness in the air you may think basketball, but surprisingly, it’s trapshooting. Since its inception as league sport for Minnesota students in 2001, the popularity of the sport has skyrocketed from a mere 3 teams, 3 schools, and 30 athletes to an astounding 57 […]

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